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Reader's Digest October 2018

In this era of information overload, Reader’s Digest offers something unique: the very best advice, information and inspiration from multiple sources, condensed into an easy-to-read digest. In each issue you’ll get trusted, time-saving insights about Health, Personal Finance, Work, Family, and National issues, PLUS exclusive book excerpts, news-making interviews, and humor.

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dear readers

FOR ALMOST 100 YEARS, Reader’s Digest’s editorial philosophy has boiled down to eight words: This is your magazine. We just work here. No other editor’s job is built so completely on communion with readers. You not only pay the magazine’s bills, but you also write a lot of its jokes, contribute many of its stories, and tell us through your feedback, in not so many words, what we should curate and what we should leave aside. Even big changes we make rely on your guidance. Next issue’s bold new look, for example— What????!!!! You are changing RD?!?! Yes, we are changing your magazine, gently, starting in November. And I’m confident you’ll be fine with the result. For starters, the pages will carry a fresh, classic design. The shifts will religiously follow the suggestions…

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The Best Advice I Ever Got As a stressed-out college freshman, I was having trouble with the work, so I went to my professor’s office. He had a rough reputation, but I needed help. As he was trying to explain the graphs, I muttered that I was stupid for not getting it, to which he gently replied, “Don’t say that. You’re not stupid. You’re just new at this.” I think about that line all the time, and he became one of my favorite professors. REBECCA PFEFFER, Allentown, Pennsylvania I would like to see a follow-up article entitled “The Worst Advice I Ever Got.” Think: “I know the road looks flooded, but you can make it!” or “Get married even if you are having second thoughts; it’s too late to call off the wedding!” DENISE…

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home run or foul ball?

We thought we had hit it out of the park when we noted that phrases from baseball were more celebrated than lingo from any other sport, but many readers balked: I’m champing at the bit to prove that horse-racing idioms beat baseball idioms, not by a whisker or a nose but by a mile. Right out of the gate, the fastest two minutes in sports would prove in the homestretch that we have a winner. No one can say that’s lame. Ready to place your bets? —Jeanne Agner RICHMOND, VERMONT I had to come out swinging with boxing phrases. No way would I take a dive or throw in the towel; I’m no lightweight. I just have to roll with the punches so I won’t be down for the count. —Gary P. Gawel HOUSTON,…

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mercy for a thief

A FRANTIC CALL came into Jimmy Gilleece’s bar this past March. A newly married woman who had spent the afternoon at the dive beach bar in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, couldn’t find her wallet. She didn’t care about her ID, credit cards, or $150 in cash—but her wedding ring was tucked inside. Gilleece, 42, didn’t like the idea that a theft could have occurred at his place, Jimmy’s at Red Dogs. So he set out to find the wallet. He spent hours scouring footage from 16 different surveillance cameras, watching the woman’s every step in the bar until she went to sit on a bench outside and left when her ride arrived. Within minutes, a young man in a hoodie approached the bench, shoved something in his pocket, and walked off.…

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the mama-bear instinct

ANGELA MCQUEEN has a routine when she’s on lunch-monitoring duty. The longtime math and phys ed teacher at Mattoon High School in Mattoon, Illinois, keeps an eye on the hundreds of students in her charge by walking laps around the school cafeteria. In September 2017, McQueen, then 40, had finished only one lap when a 14-year-old freshman standing not far from her pulled out a gun. Oh, crap! she said to herself. He’s going to start shooting. School employees had been trained on how to handle active shooters: Attack their ability to aim. So with the shooter’s finger on the trigger, McQueen lunged at him. Grabbing at his arm, she forced the gun barrel into the air, but not before he got off a couple of rounds, striking one student in the…

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four-wheel dives

HUMOROUTCASTS.COM HAVE YOU EVER NOTICED that with some friends, when they offer you a ride and you get in their car, the first thing they say is “Sorry about the mess,” even if the car’s interior is so antiseptic you could perform surgery in there? On the other hand, I’ve been in cars that more closely resemble the inside of a hamper than a vehicle—and the owner doesn’t seem to notice. Maybe it’s because I grew up in Detroit, but I believe that the condition of your vehicle says something about you. Is your car the mobile counterpart of the kitchen junk drawer, an area designated for chaos, a place to speed away from responsibility? Or is it a sanctuary from the chaos of your home, your job, your family, a self-contained…